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    Gardens?

    So wondering how many green thumbs we have here and what are you growing? Here's mine minus all the weeds. Nothing beats fresh picked vegetables in the summer.

    green bell peppers (3 plants)
    mild jalepenos (2 plants, 1st time I have tried these)
    cucumbers (1 mound, bush variety that will grow up in a tomato planter)
    yellow summer squash (1 mound)
    cherry tomatoes (2 plants, not a fan of them but the wife loves them)
    radishes (1 small row, already harvested once and trying another round to see if they will give me a 2nd harvest. again these are for the wife)
    lettuce (2 rows, 2 different varieties. ready right now and replanted 1/2 rows for a later harvest)
    onions (a few rows in various spots that I had leftover, I never had had much luck getting them to grow large)
    green beans (3 small rows but probably more like 1 1/2 cuz 2 of the rows I think the seeds rotted in the cool damp weather)
    strawberries (small patch with 8 plants, they are done for the year)


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    Re: Gardens?

    21 tomato plants, cherries are coming in now

    8 rows sweet corn. Will pick half this week, the other half in mid-August.

    basil, squash, mint, oregano

    We had strawberries last month



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    Re: Gardens?

    i have some beautiful crab grass growing in the back. i can't wait till it's ready!



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    Re: Gardens?

    Dozens of tomato plants
    Dozens of peppers
    Cucs
    Cabbage
    Zucchini
    Hundreds of Indian Corn
    Hundreds of Sweet Corn
    Hundreds of Onions
    Hundreds of Potatoes

    Tomatoes are finally coming in, so are the peppers.



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    Re: Gardens?

    I have dirt, and it turns to mud when it rains. lol



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    Quote Originally Posted by isubeatle View Post
    i have some beautiful crab grass growing in the back. i can't wait till it's ready!
    There's nothing wrong with crab grass. It just has a bad name, that's all . Everyone would love it if it had a cute name like "Elf grass"



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    Re: Gardens?

    We don't have much for a yard, so most of ours are in large terra cotta pots.

    4 tomato plants (one beefsteak, one yellow, one pink and one cherry)
    2 rows radishes
    2 pots cilantro
    3 pots cucumbers
    2 peppers (one hot, one green)
    1 pot chives that have been going strong for 4 years now...

    I can't wait until we move out to the country and we can have a big garden.



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    Re: Gardens?

    I tried my hand at this last year and largely failed. I grew about every veggie you can think of, even ones I'd never heard of like kale, and all I got was plenty of tomatoes and baseball sized radishes. The rabbits wreaked havoc on the green beans and strawberries, and the rest got crowded out by weeds. It was too much for me to keep up with. Next time I will use landscape paper around the whole garden and straw from the chicken coops on top of it. that worked well for the tomatoes.



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    Re: Gardens?

    The recent weather knocked down a bunch of my corn in the corner of the yard but left the free standing ones just fine. Go figure. I have some tomatoes and peppers as well. My next house will have to have a larger space for a garden.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneYoda View Post
    There's nothing wrong with crab grass. It just has a bad name, that's all . Everyone would love it if it had a cute name like "Elf grass"
    you're right, i would love elf grass.




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    Quote Originally Posted by illinoiscyclone View Post
    I tried my hand at this last year and largely failed. I grew about every veggie you can think of, even ones I'd never heard of like kale, and all I got was plenty of tomatoes and baseball sized radishes. The rabbits wreaked havoc on the green beans and strawberries, and the rest got crowded out by weeds. It was too much for me to keep up with. Next time I will use landscape paper around the whole garden and straw from the chicken coops on top of it. that worked well for the tomatoes.
    Couple tips that I do that keeps this from happening...

    - use chicken wire fencing around your garden, keeps the rabbits and squirels out
    - if you bag your lawn clippings, use this as mulch and put a thick layer in places where plants aren't growing. this keeps the weeds out so you all have to do is weed near the plants. in the fall and spring just till or mulch in the grass clippings and it makes for some good compost


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    If I get a chance I'll take pics and post later. my garden is not in an ideal spot because parts of it is in shade from my shed and the neighbors garage that border it but it gets enough sunlight that it has never really kept things from growing well there. My next house hoping to have a larger lawn that I can till out a nice sunny spot so everything gets better light.


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    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    Couple tips that I do that keeps this from happening...

    - use chicken wire fencing around your garden, keeps the rabbits and squirels out
    - if you bag your lawn clippings, use this as mulch and put a thick layer in places where plants aren't growing. this keeps the weeds out so you all have to do is weed near the plants. in the fall and spring just till or mulch in the grass clippings and it makes for some good compost
    I do this, sometimes I even skip a season to let the soil really build up some nutrients. Gardens get explosive with that.



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    Re: Gardens?

    We only have a balcony in Brooklyn, but we get pretty good sun so we planted a few items for the first time this year. We have 1 patio tomato (first tomato should be this weekend!), 1 orange pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 mild jalapeno pepper, 1 pot of cilantro, 1 pot of mint (for mojitos, growing like a weed!), and 1 token strawberry plant (it produced 2 tiny strawberries so far). We also had basil, but we've had so much rain here that the soil stayed too wet and the plant stems rotted off at the soil line... This was strange and dissappointing as we've always had great success with basil. Luckily, basil is super cheap here at the grocery and comes in vast quantities. (unlike the little plastic containers you have to buy elsewhere, we get huge weed like whole plants). I may try to transplant one of the ones from the store into a pot at home as we use a lot of basil, but we waste a lot too...


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